Smoking is not an action to be taken lightly, it's a serious habit that many people so happen to be struggling with. Well actually it's more than just a habit, it's an addiction, and smokers just can't seem to get enough of it.
Regardless of the many reasons that drive them to smoke, the effects of it are far more destructive than what they assume is beneficial. No, smoking will not relief your frustration, it will cause you lung cancer. Many campaigns have tried to raise awareness by popularizing the slogan "Smoking kills", and many have come to the aid of those desperate to quit. Despite the large number of people who have failed to do so, campaigns like Want2Stop are still reaching out to those people in hopes that they would at least inspire them to think about quitting.
Smoking is not just a habit, it is an addiction. Most smokers say they would like to give up and it's never too late. And for that reason smokers need to be made aware of what cigarette smoke mainly consists of: tar, Carbon monoxide, and Nicotine. Tar is the toxic mix of chemicals that can cause cancer, lung disease, heart disease and other harmful diseases.
Carbon monoxide is the gas you inhale when you smoke - it is linked to heart disease and adverse effects in pregnancy. And finally, Nicotine is the highly addictive component of cigarette smoke, causing addiction in a manner similar to drugs such as heroin and cocaine. A new campaign aimed at encouraging smokers to quit was launched in 2016, featuring Gerry Collins, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013 and died as a result of smoking. The campaign appeals to smokers to quit before it's too late.
A new advert entitled 'Gratitude' will run in 2017 showing Gerry with family and friends discussing what he is grateful for. The key campaign message is 'One in every two smokers will die of a tobacco-related disease'. The other key message is 'You can quit. We can help. Visit your pharmacist or want2stop.info .The TV advertisements running as part of the campaign were developed by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in the Republic of Ireland for its 'Quit' campaign in 2014.
When the HSE launched the first advertisement in 2014, Gerry said there were three reasons he decided to do the campaign. "Firstly, it was for myself; a positive thing for me to invest my energy in when dealing with my cancer," he said. "Secondly, I thought it would be good for my family, creating something powerful and meaningful for my kids to look back on. "And finally, if even one person stops smoking because of what we've done, then it will all be worth it for me."
Stop for good -- The campaign focuses on the proposition that if you stop smoking for 28 days, or more, you're 5 times more likely to join the thousands of others who have stopped for good. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the impact parental smoking has on children's mental health, particularly in terms of emotional worry and distress, and encourages smokers to make a quit attempt now rather than put it off until later.